Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year. Across the country, many people just like you work, perform, create, compete, laugh, love and inspire every day. In May, NAMI Thurston/Mason joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. NAMI Thurston/Mason County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Thurston/Mason will hold its Annual Meeting on May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Prior to the Annual Meeting, the community is invited to join a 60-minute community presentation called “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis.” Join in on the discussion with community providers while we use the NAMI “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis” document a guide.
Learn about mental health systems in our community from the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (BH-ASO); the role of the designated crisis responders (DCR); hear from the staff with the Trueblood Jail Diversion program and touching on the legal aspects of mental health challenges for attorneys by the Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel. Also, hear about an innovative program run by the City of Olympia police known as the Crisis Response Unit (CRU). The discussion will focus on systems of treatment, communication strategies, crisis preparation, NAMI, resource and recovery.
“We hope community members will attend this important discussion. Data show that one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness and one in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness, while 10% of youth experience a mental health disorder. This means that we all know someone who, at some point, may need help. Join us and gain a new perspective and learn about mental health resources available in Thurston and Mason counties,” says Marilyn Roberts, Director of Operations at NAMI Thurston/Mason.
Who: NAMI Thurston/Mason
What: Navigating a Mental Health Crisis panel and discussion followed by NAMI’s Annual Meeting, which is open to the public.
When: May 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom Registration Link Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XldN4Ng_S56qu0K95jkY_g